Read up on how to make the perfect breakfast pot of oats, fruit and toppings for a breakfast on the go.
Breakfast that's ready to eat when you get up? What's not to like? Set oats soaking before bed with grated apple or pear and enjoy a delicious breakfast straight from the fridge when you wake up.
A simple creamy mixture of softened oats and fruit, it's somewhere between a fruit yogurt and porridge - think healthy cranachan.
How to make overnight oats
This classic breakfast is also referred to as Bircher muesli after the famous Swiss physician Maximilian Bircher-Benner, who is said to have given the mixture to his patients.
To make it, oats are soaked overnight in either fruit juice or natural yogurt. Try our recipe for apple & blueberry Bircher using apple juice, or soak the oats in natural yogurt like in this apple & banana Bircher.
Jumbo oats will add more texture than porridge oats, or why not try a combination of the two? For extra flavour, toast some or all of the oats for a couple of minutes in a dry non-stick pan. Move them around with a spatula to make sure they cook evenly and once they start to become fragrant and ever-so-slightly browned at the edges, tip them out into a bowl or tray and leave to cool before using.
It is usual to add coarsely grated apple or pear to the mixture - the fruit pieces add freshness and tick off one of your daily fruit portions with very little effort. But try experimenting with the fruit you use - a mixture of apple and pomegranate is particularly delicious. Our spiced apple & crunchy pistachio Bircher is the perfect example.
All that's left to do in the morning is add that final flourish; scattering over a handful of seasonal fruits, nuts or seeds to give your breakfast extra pizzazz.
Add a drizzle of honey, banana chips, a spoonful of crunchy granola or keep it classic with nuts and berries. This Swiss-style pear, nut & blackberry Bircher is a winner in our book.
If it's the morning already and you haven't soaked your oats through the night, don't panic. Try this 10-minute breakfast bowl. You'll have just enough time to lay the table and get a pot of tea on the go.
Are you an overnight oats advocator? What are your favourite combinations and toppings? We'd love to hear your ideas in the comments below...